Beethoven’s Most Famous Works

One of the most recognized names, perhaps the most popular, in western classical music is that of Ludwig van Beethoven’s. The German composer was active during the late 18th and early 19th century.

His music is extremely famous and has consistently inspired composers over the last two centuries.

One of the most interesting facts about Beethoven was that he was deaf since his late 20’s. During his life Beethoven composed many symphonies, string quartets, piano concertos, and piano sonatas. However, some of his works are better known than the others.

Beethoven’s Famous Fifth Symphony

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is possibly his most well-known piece of music. The piece, which is in C minor, is also known as Symphony No. 5. He began developing the composition in 1804 but only completed it in 1808. The first performance was at Theater an der Wien on December 22, 1808.

It has been repeatedly featured in movies and other media including Saturday Night Fever (1977), Doctor Who (2015), and Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony.

The Most Melodious Work

Another one of Beethoven’s most popular pieces, Fur Elise, is believed to have been composed in 1810. However, it wasn’t published until 1867. Here are some interesting facts:

  • It falls under the ‘Bagatelle music’ category.
  • The name literally means ‘for Elise.’
  • There is an uncertainty in the music world when it comes to the identity of ‘Elise.’
  • The popular version of today was first recorded by Ludwig Nohl.
  • Barry Cooper transcribed another version later with drastic changes.

Of Rhythm And Harmony

Another lovely composition is the Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op. 13, which is also called Pathetique Sonata. It includes 3 movements: quick with vigor, slow, and quick on the piano.

The Final Symphony

The Choral or Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D-minor is considered Beethoven’s best composition. It is not the final symphony per se, but is the last symphony that was completely written. It premiered in Vienna, and the concert was a big success. When Beethoven composed this piece between 1822 and 1824, he was completely deaf. The piece is also famous for being the tune behind ‘A Song of Joy by Miguel Rios.

Don’t Forget To Listen To

All music compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven are extremely beautiful. However, there are certain ones that no one should miss. Among those are Septet Op. 20, Moonlight Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, Eroica Symphony (third) Op. 55 and Grand Fugue, Op. 133.